“There will be a day when I can no longer to this. That day is not today.”
For months and miles, thousands upon thousands- both near and far- have trained for this weekend. All who make it to the start line have earned the right to finish; all who make it to the end have earned an honor that cannot be taken away. Each have made personal sacrifices along the way, yet learned more of their personal capabilities with every step. All of this will come to a head this weekend when the starter gun goes off at 7:30a Sunday morning.
There have been full plates and empty stomachs, long runs and short slumbers, pounds lost and strength gained. There have been pains and possibilities, headaches and heart swells. There have been moments of doubt. There have been renewing runs. And whether your goal is to finish or set a personal best, we want you to achieve it. We believe in your ability to do so. We’re proud of you. You should be so proud of yourself.
Whether it is your first marathon or your 80th, take a minute to give yourself a pat on the back and remember how far you’ve come. Think back to when you started and why you decided to commit to this. Think about all the people in your life who have supported you and helped you get here, whether overtly or covertly. They want you to succeed just as much as you do. And, in many cases, probably even more. You’re a beast. You’re an animal. You’re unstoppable. And on Sunday, no matter what the clock says, once you cross that Finish Line (and you WILL cross that Finish Line) … you’re a marathoner. yes, YOU.
You’ve done the hard work: you made it to the start line. Run or walk, through smiles or tears… we cannot wait to scream our faces off and cheer you through to mile 26.2 and one foot.
We run this city.
NP Cheer Station: Mile 9. New Balance Store (L side of street). Corner of Clark and Fullerton.
Poster-making and brunch: Saturday, 10:30am. 856 W. Agatite Ave., Apt. 3. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/907498299329964/
Post-marathon Monday workout: 6:28am at the Field Museum steps.Share via socials: